Today’s Trieste was built at the same time as Vienna. That is easy to see from the many palaces and squares.
Trieste was the imperial harbor of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The orchestra’s from Vienna played the Radetzky march on the squares of Trieste. Beethoven had strong ties to Trieste and the region through his mistress, seafood and wine. The first Opera House in the world named after Guiseppe Verdi is in Trieste. The world coffee prices were fixed in Trieste, the biggest coffee harbor of the Mediterranean Sea and home to among others Illy Coffee. Many great writers have lived in Trieste, among them James Joyce, Umberto Saba and Carl Marx knew well and wrote a serious of articles about Trieste and its port, today a leading port in Italy.
Trieste hosts the second largest synagogue in Europe and a large variety of churches and places of worship.
Trieste has roots from before the Roman era. Most of the wine to the roman soldiers was made in the Region.
Today, on the hills above Trieste and in the nearby area, some of the best Italian wine is made.
Trieste was Austrian from 1382 till 1918. It became formally part of Italy only in 1954. With this heritage, Trieste and the Region is today a well-organized, functioning and blooming part of Italy. It is a multi-cultural city of some 200.000 inhabitants, known as having one of the best cultural offers in Italy. Another part of Trieste’s recent history is its ‘spy capital’ role during the Cold War, being only meters away from the iron curtain. Trieste has kept one ‘curtain’: in the Pedocin bath, men and women are separated by a wall going into the sea.
Beautifully located at the sea, Trieste hosts the biggest sailing regattas in Europe, the Barcolana, with 2000 boats on the starting line.
Trieste is a science and research hub with a very large density of scientists.
The rich multi-ethnic history makes the choice among restaurants difficult for the visitors.
The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region offers beautiful sights and places to be discovered: hiking or skiing in the Dolomites, picturesque biking tours, lagoons, historic villages and castles, enogastronimic products experiences and events, remains from the First World War fighting theatres.
Trieste, and the other main cities of the Region, Udine, Gorizia, Pordenone, are all among those with the highest standard of living in Italy.
Trieste is a good place from where to also explore the nearby Slovenia, the Istria peninsula of Croatia as well as Venice.
Despite many recent articles in the international press naming Trieste and its Region as a top tourism destination to be explored, the area is still relatively unknown area to many.
For you to discover. Without the metropolitan queues and stress of the historic tourist destinations in Italy.
You will be surprised!
To help you exploit your time in Trieste, each week the participants will be given a list of which concerts and exhibitions are on.
The Trieste airport, 30 km away, is the recommended point of arrival. Alternative airports are the ones in Venice, Treviso, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Pula (Croatia). Transfer in minivan can be organized from all airports.